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welcome to riebeek college

Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Fee paying, Department of Education, happy school catering for Grade 4 to 12 learners and offering a hostel, day care facilities and a multitude of extra mural activities.  

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riebeek college - where girls are nurtured

An exciting place to be!

Tucked away in the Eastern Cape town of Uitenhage is the much acclaimed educational gem: Riebeek College Girls’ High School. Here, steeped in tradition, the busy bees of Riebeek, for the bee is our emblem, create a hive of activity. Girls ranging in ages from the enthusiastic grade 4s to our elegant  matrics find themselves involved and committed.

 

Riebeek is equal to the best. A fee-paying school, with a boarding facility for weekly boarders, and a day-boarding package, Riebeek provides parents with a safe, supervised environment for their treasured daughters.

 

Racial and religious tolerance, compassion and charity are entrenched. The carefully designed Pocket Code of Conduct is underwritten by principles which are rooted in morality and spiritual fruitfulness. Riebeek nurtures and cares.

 

Riebeek is famed for its award-winning choir. Competing in the advanced category, they win golds at national choir competitions. In 2014, a group of our girls featured with Johnny Clegg on Top Billing, having won a national song and dance competition. In 2015, Riebeek featured in the top 25 schools in South Africa in the Fairlady survey.  Professor Jansen in the national press praised the school in June 2015, and followed this up later by identifying Riebeek as a top SA school in terms of combining character building and academic excellence.

 

Many of the staff are Old Girls, proving the faith they have in the unique education offered by our Alma Mater.

 

The school continues to offer future generations what is truly best about the past while adapting to changing times. The Riebeek ladies walk in integrity with an attitude of gratitude while displaying a passion for  tolerance, mental and physical energy and knowledge.


Our buzzing calendar exudes passion for play, compassion for charity, craze for cultural activities and a love of learning. Founded in 1877, this progressive school provides holistic education in a happy, safe and stimulating environment to ensure that every learner is equipped to face the challenges of a changing world. The school has convenient, caring boarding and aftercare facilities. As the first public school in South Africa to vote to open its doors to all races, the school appreciates the diversity of the Riebeek family. Matriculants are perfectly prepared to enter tertiary institutions with the skills and work ethic to succeed. 


As an all-girls school with Grade 4 to 12 occupying the same building, we have the opportunity to mould, over a school career, ladies who can contribute positively to society: “To seek the good in others and always do our best”, as our school song indicates. 



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Ubuntu connects at Riebeek

Riebeek College celebrates Nelson Mandela’s centenary year with the theme of Ubuntu.  Ubuntu means “I am because we are”.  Said Head Girl Sinovuyo Madlavu: “I am proud because we are Riebeek!” Since 1877, the school has nurtured and cherished young ladies from Grade 4 to 12, producing individuals who make the world a better place.
The spirit of Ubuntu was in abundance when the Class of 2017’s results were announced. The thrilled 80 girls celebrated a 100% pass rate, with an average of two distinctions each. The school has extended its extramural programme, with five sporting codes and 18 clubs that focus on fostering team spirit and inter-connectivity. The learners are at the centre of Riebeek’s ‘we care’ approach, with an on-site psychologist and a team of teachers who know it takes a village to raise a child. The energetic Riebeek staff started the year with a seminar on neurodiversity in line with the maxim: no child left behind. Presented by Sandra Gerber of the School’s Management Team, it dealt with the love and mystery of raising and educating a special needs child. A very special Nelson Mandela Legacy project is planned for 2018 – a year already exploding with echoes of Ubuntu on the playground and in the corridors and classrooms. The school’s home-away-from-home hostel epitomises community spirit with a close-knit sisterhood of boarders and day care students.  Please contact the school should you wish to apply for hostel placement in 2019.
Principal Kieran Stear recorded with pride in the school’s 2018 Vision Bucket: “Riebeek is a special place with a great spirit. In a world where one can choose to be anything, at Riebeek we choose to be kind, compassionate, generous, respectful, honest and inclusive. The greatest gift we give to our learners is a sense of belonging and the knowledge that each one of us can make a difference in the world.”

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our mission statement

Mission

RIEBEEK IS JUST LIKE A MOVIE

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If a movie critic reviewed Riebeek College, there would be 5 stars, because life at Riebeek is just like an award winning film – a feel good movie worth watching, featuring character development, a fun plot, great twists and turns and a star studded cast.  Principal Kieran Stear made her directoral debut in 2017 and has overseen staff training in special needs education, study skills workshops, multi purpose courts, outdoor chess, in-house psychologist collaboration, spirit awards and sports expansion. Any good movie cues music. Riebeek’s awesome choirs continue to make beautiful music with a gold at the ATKV regional round. Recently, two talented teachers wowed with their rendition of Adele’s “When we were Young” with the girls singing along, “It was just like a movie…It reminds me of when we were young.”  Luckily, the school stays young and celebrated 141 youthful years at the 30th Founder’s Day ceremony in May. Riebeek’s Mandela100@Riebeek100 Acts of Kindness led to superhero roles for the girls, staff and parents of Riebeek. Riebeek encourages happily ever afters, being a main character in your life and supporting characters in the lives of others. Nominations for our Old Girls Oscars include Hlomela Bucwa, the youngest South African parliamentarian, and  Dr Debbie Collier Reed, UCT Law associate professor who served on the minimum wages panel reporting to Cyril Ramaphosa. When the credits roll, the list is long.  The 100% matric pass rate, the sparkling academic, sporting, service and cultural performances all happen because of teachers, the Governing Body, parents and learners who believe, like Nelson Mandela, that: “None of us, acting alone, can achieve success.”  And the Oscar for Bright Futures goes to ….Riebeek College.  
 
 

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